SRP of $15 and available for as low as $10. Another vacation purchase, this time at Cost Plus World Market for $10.
From the bottle:
“The Yalumba Y Series of quality wines salutes our proud history of viticulture and
winemaking in South Australia. Significantly, the individual icons on each label reflect the labours, inventive thinking and aspirations of all at Yalumba.
The Shiraz Vioginier depicts the horse, a symbol of our past when they were the
transport and tractor of Yalumba. Nowadays, we enjoy a day at the races watching
magnificent thoroughbreds cross the finish line carrying our colours and money! A
medium weight, generous mouthful of blueberries and Turkish delight.
If you’re a fan of Shiraz like I am you’ve probably noticed that many wines labeled as Shiraz also blend in a small amount of Viognier, which is a white grape. Back in the day in France these two grapes were often grown side by side in the vineyard and many wineries used to field blend their grapes — basically pick both types of grapes at the same time — and then ferment them together. That practice is not nearly as common today, but it is quite common to blend varieties together after fermentation. Even in wines labeled as a single variety! Read on…
Somewhat surprisingly, in most areas a wine only needs to contain somewhere between 75-85% of a single variety to be labeled as such. This means up to 25% of a wine labeled as Shiraz could actually be from other varieties. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as I’m a big fan of blends, but it does bother me when the wineries don’t specify it on the label. Yes, a wine that has 75% Shiraz can still technically be called a Shiraz, but please let us know somewhere on the label what other varieties are included. Kudos to today’s wine for doing just that.
The 2010 Yalumba The Y Series Shiraz Viognier begins with pleasant aromas of plum, blackcurrant, baking spice, a little mocha and some light floral notes. Tasting the wine shows lots of ripe dark fruit that is a bit on the tart side along with excellent layers of licorice and spice. Overall this wine is a bit on the rough side but it fits the character of the wine so it works quite well. The 4% Viognier adds a really nice floral character to the wine while still letting those signature Shiraz notes shine through. Quite nice and it gets even better once it’s had a bit of time in the glass.
Overall Rating: 7.3
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